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Friday, January 13, 2012

E-book Review - I Want It Now! by Julie Dawn Cole

One of my absolute all-time favorite movies is "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory."  I absolutely love the fantasy and magic and, of course, all the candy that make this movie a perfect dream!

And, this may suprise you, one of my favorite characters from the movie is Veruca Salt, the beautiful little spoiled rich girl who wants everything her way and she wants it NOW!

So I was delighted to run across an offer for an e-book edition of actress Julie Dawn Cole's book, "I Want It Now!: A Memoir of Life On The Set Of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory By The Original Veruca Salt."  Finally, a look into the girl who made Veruca so deliciously naughty!

About The Book:

In 1970, Julie Dawn Cole was cast as the unforgettable Veruca Salt in the classic motion picture Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder. Since its release in 1971, this epic musical has endured as a favorite of children from around the world with a fan base that encompasses generations of movie goers. With its unforgettable characters, chocolaty landscapes and everlasting music, this charming fairy-tale mixes these ingredients into what has been become a cinematic classic from literary legend Roald Dahl.

Praised by critics worldwide and often featured in broadcasts with other masterpiece musicals, it remains a timeless treasure. Acclaimed film critic Robert Ebert wrote: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination."

Julie Dawn Cole has written an enchanting and richly illustrated memoir that offers a rare look behind the stage curtain to this ageless film. Splendidly illustrated with personal letters, never-seen-before photographs and documents; her mesmerizing story chronicles the entire production experience and tells of the remarkable journey of how she became known worldwide as a really bad egg. Filled with countless funny and touching memories, her story takes readers behind-the-scenes of Willy Wonka and the resulting coming of age journey that brought the cast together again after nearly a quarter century.

"I Want it Now!" takes readers beyond the world of pure imagination and behind the scenes to this universally cherished motion picture. A true-to-life Charlie Bucket tale, Julie's story is unforgettable...

Now, I have read many, many memoirs, biographies and autobiographies of actors and actresses, but I have to say, I was absolutely AMAZED at how wonderful this book is!  Filled with ancedotes and photographs, Julie Dawn Cole details her life as a young child actress who was tapped to take part in a movie role that would change her life!

Julie details her experiences in such a lively and fun manner that you almost feel as if you are right there with her as she steps into the wonderful world of Wonkaland. Her descriptions - of seeing the captivating Chocolate Room for the first time, complete with the chocolate waterfall and river, the orange-faced little men who play the Oompa-Loompas, and all that imaginative wonderful candy trees and flowers; of working with Gene Wilder (who played Willy Wonka) and the rest of the children; of the fantastical and scary boat that sailed the "chocolate" river; and how the movie has affected the rest of her life - are some of the most vivid and well-written memories I have had the pleasure of reading.  

Julie Dawn Cole - then and now!

Making the book a complete delight is the inclusion of the many, many photographs that Julie took during the making of the film. She also includes letters that she wrote to her mother and sister, who had to stay in England while Julie was off making the film, and you can read how excited and sometimes overwhelmed the little 12-year old girl was as she made movie history. 

This is truly a one-of-a-kind book and I highly recommend it!

I purchased and downloaded the e-book edition of this book for my Kindle at amazon.com for my personal collection.


June M. said...

I too love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It is one of my favorite stories. I generally don't even like musicals but I absolutely love this one.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

This book was truly amazing! Lots of photos and trivia!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh my gosh this is hilarious.... I just featured her picture a week ago Sunday in a reference to bratty bloggers LOL....
I think this book sounds good! Loved Willy Wonka too.